“That’s what I look like??? Yikes!!!” or “I had no idea I had three chins!!!”
The struggle can be real my friends! It doesn’t help that we can check out Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat and see all our friends at “their best.” What we usually fail to realize is that they have tried multiple angles to get just the right look, applied a couple filters, and maybe experimented with other apps (i.e. Photoshop) to make themselves look amazing. When we are on social media, we usually forget that we are viewing someone’s highlight reel and not seeing the original (heavily edited) picture.
This is just social media. We haven’t even talked about the airbrushed models on magazines, or actors and actresses we see in our favorite TV shows or movies. It’s easy to compare ourselves to them and feel like they are the standard we need to meet. In the end, it can leave us feeling ugly. Not enough. Flawed.
Studies have shown that close to 91 percent of women wish they could change something about their body. Research also shows, however, that men have a lower percentage than women. But let’s face it, us guys are really good at lying to ourselves. The reality of the situation is that most of us wish we could change something about ourselves.
What would you change?
Is this really healthy? Do we think God wants us thinking about all the things we wish we could change but can’t? Better yet, what does God see when He looks at us? I think that’s the best question we could ever ask ourselves. What does God see? God’s opinion should always trump what we have heard from our friends, family, co-workers, husbands, wives, and all those friends/followers on social media. So, let’s look at what God sees when He looks at you and me.
You are God’s masterpiece.” -Ephesians 2:10a
Did you get that? It’s simple, right? You and I are God’s masterpiece! That’s what God sees. To dig a little deeper, the word “masterpiece” means a beautiful poem or perfect workmanship. That means you are God’s poetic statement. You are God’s perfectly sculpted work of art. You are God’s crowning achievement. You are His masterpiece!
Friends, this is a game changer!! We need to remind ourselves of this every single day. We are God’s masterpiece. This is the type of perspective we need in our lives. We need God’s perspective. God can see things in us that we don’t even realize are there. God sees beauty when all we see is ugliness. This is the perspective we all need to remind ourselves of. When people offer their negative views or when we just beat ourselves us up with internal thoughts, we need to remember what God sees. We are God’s masterpiece and He loves each and every one of us uniquely.
…I am fearfully and wonderfully made…” -Psalm 139:14
“Perspective” was submitted by Andy Mannes, Asbury Church Youth Pastor